With more than three decades as an educator, Dr. Brenda Cassellius has devoted her career to ensuring all children succeed and thrive. With an unrelenting commitment to ensuring every child receives an equitable, exceptional and joyful education, her leadership is student-centered, supportive of educators, and grounded in collaboration and effective community partnerships.
Most recently as Minnesota's commissioner of education, her work led to comprehensive education reforms that resulted in historic new state funding for schools, the enactment of all-day kindergarten, state-funded preschool for 25,000 children, and the highest high school graduation rates on record for all student groups.
Prior to serving as commissioner, Dr. Cassellius served as the superintendent of the East Metro Integration District, where she led an integration and achievement agenda; as associate superintendent in the Minneapolis Public School District, where she led implementation of the Minneapolis Secondary School Redesign; and as academic superintendent of middle schools in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was responsible for accelerated gains in middle school student outcomes, narrowed achievement gaps, and the end of corporal punishment.
Dr. Cassellius and her husband Jason are the proud parents of three children, Christian Michel, Ani Grace, and Charles Justice. Outside of work, she enjoys playing hockey, water skiing, spending time with family and friends, and exploring her new home city of Boston.